Spiritual warfare, 2 of?: Divine weapons, power & demolishing strongholds

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Good News
Walking
Truth
Heaping Coals
Prayer

Introduction

[This is long so I provided jump links at the top to the various sections.  Check me with your Bible.]

The title comes from 2 Corinthians 10:3-5:  “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

The Good News

Let’s start with what I think is the most important weapon, the gospel or good news:  “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us,” Romans 5:8.  “The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes, first the Jew then the rest of us,” Romans 1:16.  Talk about demolishing strongholds!  The good news sets us free from the wages of sin which are death.
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Walking in the Light (John 8:12)

Matthew 5-7 also known as The Sermon on the Mount may, in its entirety, be a treatise on overcoming evil.  Jesus outlines a new culture pointing out the old view, providing a new way of doing life, and framing it all in light of the kingdom of Heaven.  For example,  “Do not resist an evil person…if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, give him your coat also,” Matthew 5:39-40.
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The Truth (John 8:12)

As seen above, Jesus taught us to frame our circumstances in reality, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and say all kinds of false things about you because of Me….  Rejoice and be glad for great is your reward in Heaven,” Matthew 5:11-12.  The weapon?  The truth as it dispels error and sets us back on our true course – following Christ.  Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free,” John 8:32.
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Heaping Coals

Romans 12:21, “… overcome evil with good,” tells us that evil can be overcome and how to accomplish it.  Jesus and Paul give more specifics:

As stated earlier, Jesus gave us tools in the Sermon on the Mount. Back

Paul in Romans 12

  • Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse, verse 14
  • Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn, verse 15
  • Live in harmony…do not be proud…be willing to associate w/people of low position…do not be conceited, verse 16
  • do not repay evil for evil, verse 17
  • live at peace with everyone as far as it depends on you, verse 18
  • do not take revenge but leave room for God’s wrath, verse 19
  • if your enemy is hungry feed him, verse 20
  • if your enemy is thirsty give him something [good] to drink, verse 20
  • submit to authority, 13:1, for rebellion brings judgment
  • pay your taxes, pay respect, give everyone what you owe him, let no debt remain,outstanding except the continuing debt to love one another verses 6-8
  • love your neighbor as yourself, verse 9
  • understand the present time…wake up, verse 11
  • put aside the deeds of darkness, verse 12
  • put on the armor of light, verse 12
  • behave decently – not in orgies and drunkenness; not in sexual immorality and debauchery; not in dissension and jealousy, verse 13
  • clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, verse 14
  • do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature, verse 14 [think about the good things listed in Philippians 4:8]
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Prayer

Ephesians 6:18 “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions” and the rest will be another post…

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